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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Toenail Fungus, Athlete’s Foot and Natural Ways to Address It

Onychomycosis or nail fungus is a common complication of athlete’s foot. Both conditions are caused by dermatophytes, a type of fungi that develop in warm, moist areas and live on dead skin cells. Ringworm, as well as ringworm of the groin, is also caused by these fungi. Onychomycosis is a nail infection, whereas athlete’s foot is an infection of the skin. Over one-third of athlete’s foot sufferers develop toenail fungus as the infection can spread if not treated immediately.

Both toenail fungus and athlete’s foot are contagious. They can easily spread in public places like gyms, swimming pools, locker rooms, nail salons, and communal showers. The risk of getting these conditions also increases with a weakened immune system, excessive sweating, minor skin or nail injury, and wearing confined shoes for extended periods of time.

Good hygiene and proper skin care can prevent toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. In most cases, these conditions can be treated effectively with natural remedies.

Natural Ways to Treat Toenail Fungus and Athlete’s Foot

Here are the best ways to get rid of athlete’s foot and toenail fungus naturally. If you experience severe pain or the infection is spreading further, visit a professional.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acidic properties that can help in killing the fungus present in your toenails and skin. It can also lower the level of alkaline to stop the infection from spreading to other areas of your skin. This treatment assists in removing excess moisture from your feet to accelerate the healing process.

To use apple cider vinegar, mix one part of it with three parts of warm water in a foot basin. Soak your feet in this solution for fifteen minutes and dry thoroughly. Follow this remedy twice daily. Another option is to mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water. Dip a cotton ball in the solution and apply it to the infected nail and skin. Let it sit for at least twenty minutes before rinsing off the area.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt has active bacterial cultures that can combat fungal infections like toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. For best results, use plain yogurt as sweetened ones have less active cultures and may contribute to a favorable environment for fungi.

To use yogurt, simply apply enough unsweetened yogurt to the affected skin and nails. Let it dry on its own before rinsing it off with warm water. Dry the area thoroughly. Repeat this treatment twice daily until you successfully get rid of the infection.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil contains anti-fungal properties and it a powerful antiseptic. It can inhibit the infection from spreading and help in killing the fungus. To use, mix equal parts of tea tree oil with coconut or olive oil. Apply the solution on the infected areas using a cotton ball. Follow this treatment twice daily to prevent the infection from spreading.

Another option is to mix one part of aloe vera gel with three parts of tea tree oil. Apply this to the affected area twice daily.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda can also be used for treating toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. It neutralizes the pH level of the skin and eliminates excess moisture in the feet. You can mix baking soda with borax, a naturally occurring mineral that is also an effective anti-fungal remedy. Add enough water to make a paste and rub the mixture onto the affected areas. Follow this treatment twice daily.

If borax is not available, baking soda mixed with enough water will also work. Apply the paste between the toes or infected nail. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing with warm water thoroughly. You can also sprinkle some baking soda into your socks and shoes to prevent the recurrence of fungal infection.

5. Listerine Mouthwash

You might think that Listerine sounds like a strange way to eliminate athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, but it works. It contains many disinfecting compounds, such as eucalyptol, thymol and salicylate. Eucalyptol has antimicrobial properties, thymol is a powerful fungicide, and salicylate helps in shedding dead skin cells.

To use this treatment, fill a foot basin with equal amounts of water and Listerine mouthwash. Soak your foot for 20 to 30 minutes and remove dead skin cells by scrubbing with a soft brush. Wash it off and dry the area completely. Repeat this treatment once or twice a day.

6. Garlic

The ajoene compound in garlic acts as a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. Including one or two cloves in your diet can accelerate the healing process of any fungal infection including toenail fungus and athlete’s foot.

Make a paste by crushing one or two garlic cloves and mix it with three drops of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the infected areas. Let it sit for thirty minutes before rinsing it off with water. Follow this remedy once daily to clear the infection.

7. Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is a powerful natural antifungal, making it effective in treating athlete’s foot and onychomycosis. This oil also contains antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Another great thing about oregano oil is that the Candida yeast does not develop resistance, while other antifungal treatments may lose efficacy over time.

Mix a few drops of oregano oil with olive oil. Apply this mixture to the affected areas and let it sit for thirty minutes. Wash it off with water and dry your feet thoroughly. Follow this treatment twice daily for best results.

8. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil also contains antifungal agents that can help in getting rid of toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. It can be combined with myrrh oil or tea tree oil. To use, mix 10 drops of lavender oil essential oil and 10 drops of either myrrh oil or tea tree oil in a cup of any carrier lotion. You may use aloe vera juice, witch hazel, or any unscented and non-greasy lotion. Apply this treatment three times daily to the affected areas.

Another option is to add ten drops of lavender essential oil to a foot basin filled with warm water. You can also add seven drips of tea tree oil or myrrh oil. Soak your affected foot in the solution for 20 minutes.

These natural remedies will control and accelerate the healing process of toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. Because these conditions require patience and persistence, use these treatments for at least one or two months to successfully clear the infection.

Author Bio:

Amanda Roberts is a professional blogger and a podiatry student. She is an enthusiast who loves to write on several niches, particularly in foot health, including plantar fasciitis, toenail fungus, foot massage and reflexology. Read more about her blog posts on foot health at Feet Remedies.

Getting Your Mojo Back: 7 Epic Workout Motivations Tips


Once you lose your workout mojo, trying to find it again is one of the toughest things you will ever face. We’re talking about Frodo trying to get that ring to Mordor kind of hard. Unfortunately, losing your motivations is way easier than you may have realized. It could be that you are trying to find some form inspiration to start a new workout program, or you’ve found yourself caught in a post-injury rut, or have hit a wall where you don’t seem to be able to lose any more weight or build any more muscle, and that is really affecting your motivation to go get some. It could even be that you are just incredibly bored of your workout, which is a real mojo crusher.

So, to stop you from coming up with any more lame excuses, and to prevent you from wimping out on any more of your workouts, we’ve come up with a list of ways you can get your motivations levels to peak. Now go get ‘em, tiger. And remember, excuses don’t get results.


Change It Up A Bit

When you are lost in a workout rut and you have no idea how to get out of it, one of the most effective things you can do is change up your program. It’s kind of a no-brainer, but by falling into the monotonous regime of doing the same thing every day, you’ll start suffering from a little called Total Boredom. However, it isn’t just your mind that will start to suffer from an inability to self-start, it will also be because your gains will very quickly start to tail off until you are hitting your head against a brick wall. The reason this happens is because our bodies learn to adapt, and that will leave you in the sucky situation where you're enduring all the pains without getting any of the gains. That is where changing up your program can have huge results, and the best way to do this is to make your goals a little more targeted. Instead of just saying you want to hit the gym six days a week, have a program that will help you achieve something a little more measurable. Working towards something will have you more excited for the gym than a puppy gets for a game of fetch.


The Early Bird And All That

There is an entire Ashmolean-sized library of reasons why exercising first thing in the morning is the best, and as a result, there are tons of rumors that circulate about how a morning session makes you more successful at following a fitness program. But have you ever stopped to actually work out why this may be the case? Probably not. Yeah, it has a lot to do with your metabolism getting a jump start and your endorphins being released, both of which will give you some euphoric highs that will become associated with a nice workout. But it also to do with your actual motivation levels. If you imagine your motivation to be a fuel tank in a car, you’ll realize that there is more of it at the start of the day, and less and less as the day rolls on. So, if you’re used to lying in, then rushing to get to work, after which you’ll enjoy an evening workout only to come up with another one of your lame excuses, try switching it around and working out first thing in the morning. We’re willing to make a wager that it works wonders.


Do It For Six-Minutes, Then Stop

This is one of the sneakiest tricks in the book and an approach that is designed to fool your inner-self. What’s more, it works. It isn’t so much reverse psychology or anything like that, it is more like an old parenting trick. You get yourself to do something even though you think you’ll hate it, only to find out that you love it. That’s how this works. So, what you need to do is, set a timer on your phone for five, six or seven minutes and then crack on with your workout. Here’s the crux: if you aren’t enjoying your workout by the time the timer is up and your alarm is ringing, then stop. Just pack in right there and then. Chances are, you won’t stop. Why? Because you’ll suddenly realize that this workout isn’t so bad, that your motivation is back in place and that you are, in fact, really enjoying it. You’ll probably even laugh at yourself a little, wondering why the hell you were making all those excuses before because this whole sweating thing is awesome.


Set Yourself Up For Success

Trust us, a lot can be said for a pre-exercise ritual, that thing you do that gets you a little more jacked up, a little more pumped and a little more ready to take on whatever exercise program is staring you in the face. It could be that you treat yourself to a nice triple, venti, no fat, no cream, soy, no foam latte from Starbucks (or whatever they are ordering these days), or pull on your headphones and listen to that workout jam on Spotify that always gets your pulse to go through the roof, or it could be that you lock your closet doors so that all you have to wear is your workout gear. Whatever it is that kind of gets you in the mood, do it. Make it your ritual. Have a habit that helps you get in the zone. As stupid as it may seem, it works. If it didn’t we wouldn’t be wasting your time talking about it.


You Can Totally Buy Inspiration

No matter what sort of budget you are working with, there are things you can buy that will help you boost your workout motivation. There are workout clothing ideas that can lift your spirits for the simple fact a nice new pair of shorts can work wonders on your mentality, as can a sexy pair of shiny new sneakers, or kicks, or whatever you like to call them. If you want to up the ante a little bit because you know that new shoes aren’t going to change a thing, then why not get yourself a gadget that could help you visualize how close you are getting to your goals. Something like a Fitbit, or a fitness tracker, or a cool decathlon watch or a GoPro for your bicycle. It could just be a set of weights. If it is fitness related then there is a high chance it is going to work wonders. We’re just inherently suckers for that kind of thing.


The Gym Is The Problem

More and more people are losing interest in going to the gym because it is very little about hitting a treadmill while cooped up in a four-walled basement that is motivating. Which is exactly why you should try changing the environment that you exercise in. Instead of running on a treadmill, try running in the great outdoors, or cycling along the canal, or joining that Get As Fit As A Marine course that a vet has just started running in the local park. It could even be that you swap your dank old gym for that shiny new one down the street (sounds like the start of Dodgeball - Average Joe’s versus Globo Gym), by utilizing their free first-month membership subscription. The point is, a change of scenery can really jolt the motivation back into you. It can be that thing that triggers a renewed adoration for all things exercise and make you fall madly in love with the tiring process of getting in shape once more.


For The Love Of God, Buddy Up

Have you ever known a circumstance where being with your best-friend hasn’t made whatever it is you are doing a million times more awesome? Well, this transcends into exercising too. It just makes the whole experience more enjoyable and it makes you more accountable. Trying to skip out on a morning run when you have to explain yourself to your friends becomes so much harder and more unattractive, especially if you aren’t a morning person and you know your brain will really struggle to come up with a viable excuse. Of course, running is something that can be done solo, which means you won’t feel so bad if you do skip out. So, to counter this, try getting into an activity that requires two people - boxing, tennis, squash - the kind of activity that will make you feel immensely guilty if you do miss out. Once you’ve done breaking a sweat, then go and catch up over one of those obnoxiously named Starbucks coffee’s we mentioned earlier. That will be the best reward ever. You and your mate, hanging out; there really is nothing better.

There are so many little things you can do that will make a huge difference to your motivation levels. But, at the end of the day, what you need to realise is that your motivation is all to do with attitude, which means, if you don’t can’t get inspired to do something, then change it, and if you can’t change it, then change the way you think about it. Yeah, the only limitation is you. Pow.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beat The Boredom In Your Next Workout

If you are on the cusp of a new workout regimen, you’ll likely be mentally gearing up for the boredom that comes with it. Exercise can be a lonely venture, especially if you are working out solo. The thing is, exercise does not have to suck! Starting a workout routine where you feel fired up and motivated is great, but it doesn’t often stay that way. Exercise is a necessary evil when you want to get fit and healthy, but despite the best of efforts, gym bunny status doesn’t often stay current!

You could be in the gym at 5am every single day of the week, posting your selfies online with hashtags that tell the world all about your commitment to exercise, but one day it hits. It could be the weather that triggers it. After all, who wants to drag themselves out of bed at the crack of dawn in the pouring rain in the middle of winter? The idea of even one more workout makes you want to curl under the duvet and never emerge again, no matter how good your glutes look in the latest Active Wear! So, how can you bust the boredom cycle and stay in your zone?

Vary Your Workouts

There’s one thing that all can agree on, the workouts you do over and over can be SO tedious. The same treadmill routine can get tiring and when you’ve pounded miles out on one machine, you should swap to something else. Go crazy on the stair master. Break away from the gym machines in general and head for the aerobics classes. Varying that routine can make all the difference and help you feel like you’re breaking through the boredom.

Staff Motivation

Gyms can be boring, if they don’t bother with their d├ęcor or their motivational posters. Opting to go for a funny gym who put emphasis on keeping you motivated is the way forward here. Approach the staff and ask questions about personal training. Have someone stand with you and effectively be a paid cheerleader telling you how well you are doing. It all goes toward making you want to keep working out.

Partner Up

Going to the gym alone is half the reason for boredom. Get together with a friend on a regular enough basis that you push each other during your workouts. You’re far likelier to come across as athletic and competitive, and let’s be honest here, no one wants to be lazy in front of their bestie!

Choose Fun

The word ‘workout’ may in itself invoke ideas of how you can avoid breaking a sweat, but you’re far more likely to stick at it if you choose a fun workout activity. Classes like Zumba, trampolining and hula-hooping can make fitness so much more fun than weight training or running. Choose to go for something fun for your workout and watch the difference in your efforts!

Don’t sink back beneath the duvet; get up, lace up and get your sweat on!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Take Your Workout To The Next Level With These Gadgets

If you are keen to get in shape as fast as possible, you might find it beneficial to come at it from many angles at once. Something that a lot of people find particularly useful is to use particular pieces of technology or gadgets to help their workout routines along. With the right piece of kit, you might well be able to take your workout to the next level faster than you had ever imagined. But first you will need to know what items to look out for in particular. With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the best workout gadgets which you might want to consider today.



In the last couple of years, fitbits have been all the rage in the workout world, so it is unlikely that you have never heard of it. If you are really into your fitness, then you might well have considered one of these at some point. For the uninitiated, it is actually quite simple to pick up. Put simply, a fitbit is just a watch which connects wirelessly to your phone or tablet, and can be used to track all sorts of statistics related to your fitness and your workout regimes. Using a fitbit has been shown to help people stay motivated when they workout, and motivation is one of the major issues for many people. Get a fitbit and you might find that your fitness suddenly goes through the roof.

Electric Bike

It’s no great secret that cycling is a great way to stay in shape. It is good for burning fat, toning up and building muscle all at the same time. What’s more, you can do it mostly anywhere, and it is pretty inexpensive to get into. But why go for a traditional standard bicycle when you could get hold of an electric bike? Electric bicycles are powered by a battery, meaning that you can get a little help when going uphill or on long journeys. The truth is, these can be used as a means of improving your workout, as it means that you can probably cycle for much longer than ever before. Just make sure you have some decent electric bicycle insurance before you set out - the peace of mind will mean you can keep your eye on the road and your mind on the workout itself.


Rebound Boots

If you haven't tried rebound exercise yet, you might want to take a look at it. Using special boots which allow you to bounce as you run, you can go jogging in a way which will cause much less damage to your knees, as well as helping to improve the actual effects of the workout too. This is a kind of exercise endorsed by NASA as being the most efficient in the world, so with that kind of praise you know it is probably worth a go. Just grab yourself a pair of those rebound boots and you can be on your way to much greater fitness much faster.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New To Bulk Up? Bodybuilding Facts For Beginners

For most newcomers to the bodybuilding industry, embracing the idea of growing muscles is both exciting and stressful. After all, there’s nothing new in saying that building the body of your dreams takes time and efforts. You know that even those who like to pretend that they are naturally bulky still need to train hard to maintain their strength. Surprisingly, newcomers to the world of bodybuilding seem to believe that all they need to do is to follow the kind of training that would make Rocky Balboa jealous. For a start, Sylvester Stallone did work very hard to manage the training scenes that you can watch in all the films. If you’re just sticking to what you see in the films, you’ll be missing some serious tips to transform your body into a ripped, strong machine.

Change your eating habits

Let’s get things right from the start if you remember the first film, Rocky consumes no less than five raw eggs before training. While this isn’t exactly what we would recommend, there’s some truth in it. If you want to bulk up, you need to change your diet for eating habits that help you to build muscles. In other words, you need carbohydrates. Don’t go wild on these as the carb is linked to body fat. The key is to consume carbs when your body can transform them into muscle mass, aka after your workout. Proteins convert into muscle mass and boost your metabolism. You can also help your metabolism to speed up the phenomenon with legal muscle building supplements – check this D-Bal Crazy Bulk review to find out about one of the best steroids on the market. Additionally, you can also increase your protein consumption with protein shakes, which are a great accompaniment for when you hit the gym.

Hit the gym like you mean it

When you want to bulk out, you need to train your body to weight lifting. Most newcomers want to fit in and start with heavy weights in an attempt to copy the behavior of other gym members. Unfortunately, this often causes injuries and ineffective workouts. You need to master the technique if you want to grow your muscle mass. r Otherwise you’ll be causing your body more pains that benefits. A common gym lift workout is the barbell back squat. However, when performed incorrectly, with a rounded back or your knees pointing inward, it will not have the desired effect. Start by training your position with a goblet squat, using a dumbbell, until you’ve developed sufficient mobility and stability to perform a back squat. Another common mistake is the neutral spine position. You can fix this by training yourself to hold a front plank on your elbow and toes and moving through hyperflexion and hyperextension.

Train hard, rest harder

Bulking up is about training hard. But not only! Without sufficient rest, your body can’t recover and add to your muscle mass. Resting is not a sign of weakness at all. It is necessary for your body to have regular days off training so that the cells can regenerate from the high stress of the workout. If you don’t rest, you’ll end up overtraining and decreasing your performance.

Bodybuilding is about providing your body with the right mix of nutrients and phases of workout and rest to increase muscle growth. When you choose to bulk up, you need to focus your attention on managing your entire body. Indeed, beginners often limit their workout on the upper body and create weaknesses in their lower body.